Identity Theft

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

01/24/2019 12:17 PM EST

 Original release date: January 24, 2019

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 28 to February 1. This annual campaign aims to help consumers be more informed about protecting themselves from tax-related identity theft and scams. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone steals a Social Security number and uses it to claim a tax refund or get a job.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encourages consumers to review the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publication Taxes. Security. Together., and NCCIC Tips on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft and IRS and NCCIC Caution Users: Prepare for Heightened Phishing Risk This Tax Season for more information.


Protecting Against Identity Theft

11/29/2018 09:12 PM EST

 Original release date: November 29, 2018

As the holidays draw near, many consumers turn to the internet to shop for goods and services. Although online shopping can offer convenience and save time, shoppers should be cautious online and protect personal information against identity theft. Identity thieves steal personal information, such as a credit card, and run up bills in the victim’s name.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the following tips to help reduce the risk of falling prey to identity theft:

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, visit the FTC’s identity theft website to file a report and create a personal recovery plan.


FTC Issues Alert on Recent Facebook Breach

10/03/2018 01:30 PM EDT

 Original release date: October 03, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert to provide Facebook users with recommended precautions against identity theft after the recent breach of the Facebook social media platform.

NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the FTC Alert and the NCCIC Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, visit the FTC’s identity theft website to make a report.. 


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You can get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus every twelve months. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to get information on ordering reports by telephone or to order them online. You can space your requests out so you get a report from one of the three bureaus every four months. You'll want to watch for credit that you don't recognize, since that will be a sure sign that someone has used your personal information to obtain credit in your name. 

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